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Chiefs Positional Guide to Training Camp

Previewing this year’s positions and what to watch for in the preseason

Chiefs Positional Preview: The Defensive Line

It's hard to believe, but Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe is entering just the fourth season of his career in 2015. That's remarkable to think about because despite such a short time in the league, at this point, the Chiefs defense can be rightly be thought of synonymously with the middleman, who has been nothing but a constant during his first three years.

Since being picked by the Chiefs in the first round (11th overall) in 2012, Poe has impressively led the defensive line in snaps every year.

Chiefs Positional Preview: Examining the Quarterbacks, Running Backs

There's plenty of reason to feel optimistic about the Kansas City Chiefs as we head into training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University later this month.

The Chiefs know what they have at running back in Jamaal Charles, who became the franchise's all-time leading rusher during the Week 7 matchup in San Diego last year.

When Charles needs a breather, third-year player Knile Davis has proven he's more than capable of carrying the load when his name is called.

Chiefs Positional Preview: Defensive Backs

The Kansas City Chiefs secondary had their best season based on passing yards allowed per game (203) since 2011 last year, and the general theme for the group heading into this season will be continuing that success.

Returning starters Husain Abdullah, Ron Parker and Sean Smith head into camp leading a unit of 17, including two draft picks in first-rounder Marcus Peters and third-rounder Steve Nelson. Of the 17, five will enter their rookie season and two, Phillip Gaines and Daniel Sorensen, enter 2015 as sophomores.

Chiefs Positional Preview: Examining the Receivers, Tight Ends

The Kansas City Chiefs made a concerted effort to add new pieces to the receiver and tight end positions this offseason.

Altogether, there are eight new faces currently on the roster at these two respective positions.

After several veteran departures over the past few months, the opportunity for any of these new players to step up and contribute is right there for the taking.

The departed veterans combined for 1,958 offensive snaps last season, which means training camp is going to be crucial in the development of the new faces that will be taking over these snaps in 2015.

Chiefs Positional Preview: Examining the Offensive Line

If Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and De'Anthony Thomas are a few of the amenities, then the engine behind the Kansas City Chiefs offense is the offensive line.

Just like a car, if things aren't right with the engine, then the playmakers can't do their jobs.

For the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, there are two players who return along the offensive line that played significant snaps for them last year.

Chiefs Positional Preview: Linebackers

The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the linebacker position heading into the 2015 season.

Derrick Johnson is back after missing nearly all of last season, Justin Houston has his long-term contract and Tamba Hali returns for his 10th season in the National Football League.

The three lead a group deep in talent, including former first-round pick Dee Ford, the returning Josh Mauga and rookie draft picks Ramik Wilson and D.J. Alexander.

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